Hostile Proximity? Digital Mobilization Techniques of Salafist and Right-Wing Radical Actors in Comparison
Radical positions are currently on the rise again in many European countries as well as in Germany, and anti-democratic and anti-emancipatory ideas are spreading. Hate crime is on the rise, especially online, and comments and statements in the virtual world are becoming more uninhibited. This development has become particularly evident for several years in the phenomena of Salafist jihadism and right-wing extremism.
By winning over more people to right-wing or Salafist ideology and increasing the willingness to use violence within the scenes, the mobilization strategies and techniques of extremist actors seem to be paying off. By means of a qualitative content analysis of Facebook content of Salafist and right-wing extremist actors, Manjana Sold investigates in her dissertation project which mobilization techniques are used by differently radical individuals and which differences can be observed within the phenomenon areas.